We have begun construction on a major new sports facility at Minsthorpe Community College in South Elmsall. When finished, it will provide two activity studios, changing rooms, toilets, storage facilities and office space, as well as a 594 m2 main sports hall.
Work got underway this summer to replace the previous sports facilities and is expected to be completed by spring 2025, alongside refurbishment works to several of the existing blocks.
Sustainability is key to our ethos, as we deliver several of the region’s most forward-thinking and technologically advanced projects, as well as focusing on advancements and changes to make the construction process itself more environmentally friendly as possible. This approach is exemplified with the new sports block targeting a rating of A+ for energy efficiency (EPC).
During the pre-construction phase, we worked closely with the Department for Education (DfE), Niemens Architects and Dudleys Consultant Engineers.
As well as Minsthorpe Community College, we have recently completed work on another school in Leeds, Allerton High. The main phase of work on a contemporary two-storey extension was completed in July, increasing the school’s capacity by 300.
During the turf-cutting ceremony at Minsthorpe, Tony Shaw, Managing Director, said: “It’s great to get started on the construction stages of our work here at Minsthorpe Community College. Since the beginning of the design and planning process, we have had a clear vision of what the final product will look like.
Projects like this are always incredibly rewarding, providing high-quality facilities to the local community that will greatly benefit them. We are modernising existing spaces so that we can support curriculum activity and greatly enhance the student experience. We’re starting to build a strong portfolio in the West Yorkshire area and this project adds to our ever-increasing Department for Education portfolio which began in 2017. We’re proud to be working on this fantastic project.”
We always ensure a high quality of operation across all aspects of its sites. This involves fully entrenching ourselves in the local community and cementing a positive legacy by ensuring that social value delivery is integral to the scheme.
As part of the Minsthorpe project, we have revitalised a small pond area, enlisting the help of students from the college to increase biodiversity on the grounds and provide an attractive new space to be enjoyed. Original design plans would have seen the pond covered over to place a temporary building , so we worked closely with Portakabin to rework the proposals – including adding more scale to other parts of the development area without the need to extend over the pond.
We are also planning to deliver a range of work experience and employment opportunities as well as supporting key local community organisations.
Henry Boot Construction’s desire to involve our students so far in this process has been fantastic. We’re delighted to be chosen as one of the first 50 schools to be part of the Department for Education’s School Rebuilding Programme. The new sports complex is the final piece in the jigsaw in bringing the College’s facilities into the 21st century meaning the experiences of both our amazing students and fantastic community will be enriched for years to come.
Mark Gilmore and Rachael Merritt, Joint Principals, Minsthorpe Community College